Big Pond, MA

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Big Pond


Town(s): Otis MA
County: Berkshire
Local Name: Big Benton Pond

Size: 310 acres
Average Depth: 15 feet
Maximum Depth: 26 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Big Pond is located about 1 mile north of Route 23 and encompasses over 300 acres. This pond is wide open with the exception of a large island in the middle. The pond is quite clean with minimal aquatic vegetation, although there is some milfoil along the shoreline. There is a fair amount of development along the shore consisting of both seasonal and year-round homes. The outlet is via DCR owned dam at the south end. For generations it was called Great Lake, a name that suited it well. From anywhere on its shore it seemed enormous in a deceptive way. This is a fully recreational pond and residents enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, water-skiing and other recreational activities.

Water Quality: No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum)

Fishing Comments: Very little shoreline access for fishing. But in a boat, there is a great variety of fishing opportunities. Good Trout fishing in April and May. The pond is also a popular ice fishing spot.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner, White Sucker

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: Ramp is located in the 25 mile River, fisherman's access, about 1000ft from the lake, suitable for small trailer boats.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Directions: Route 90 to exit 3, south on Route 10/202, to Route 20W, to Route 23W, ramp 1 mile on right.
Shoreline Development: 75-100%